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Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1988-12-11

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Grateful Dead Live at Long Beach Arena on 1988-12-11


Topics Live concert


Iko Iko, Jack Straw, Row Jimmy, Queen Jane Approximately, Bird Song, Hell In A Bucket Box Of Rain, Victim Or The Crime-> Foolish Heart, Women Are Smarter-> Drums-> Space-> I Need A Miracle-> Dear Mr. Fantasy-> Hey Jude-> Black Muddy River-> Sugar Magnolia, E: The Mighty Quinn


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Long Beach Arena
Location Long Beach, CA

Source AUD>DAT>CD

Notes

AUD>DAT>CD; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by Willy

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Reviewer: DaneBramage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 12, 2011
Subject: Late '88
This is a very good audience recording, nice song selection and well played. Maybe not the trancendant event that some shows were, but I'm SURE most everyone left the arena happy (except those overly critical, "too short" ,"bad song selection" folks who knit-pick every note....) Thanks for preserving and posting the show. From where I sit, it's ALL good.
Reviewer: terp_john - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 23, 2011
Subject: sigh
The sound's no good, the song selection is predictable, they're playing poorly and not singing well...oh yeah, and the show's WAY TOO SHORT.

Seriously though, it sounds good to me. It's a very listenable AUD...gives you the fun of hearing the crowd react to different things. Hearing a crowd clap along is pretty much a requirement for getting the most out of any Iko. This show is perfect for listening to while I do my work this afternoon.
Reviewer: dnamj - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 11, 2008
Subject: I was there
My second show. Had a great time.

It's kind of hard to describe what was going on then, but you have to know that it was a pretty dark period. This was one of a series of runs in Southern California where the Grateful Dead got kicked out of most of the major venues (leading to a very bizarre show at the Coliseum two and a half years later). The LAPD were unreal at that point, busting heads (in all senses), they would come screaming through the parking lot and everyone would be scrambling to get out of the way, and clear the place out. Yet all through that there were all kinds of beautiful moments as well. Still lots of energy, lots and lots of the original heads were still there at that point, and it felt great just to hear them. I can't say that this era was their best, but they had great moments, a lot of them, at this point. I'd go back and do it all over again in a heartbeat. even a foolish one.
Reviewer: lobster12 - favoritefavorite - June 28, 2006
Subject: disappointing
agree with the man driving the "jag", Go right to the 3 night New years run and skip this. You will find some great work there.
Reviewer: jboyaquar - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2006
Subject: Just head to the New Year's Run and skip this inoffensive tripe
1st Set: Jerry's a half-step behind singing this otherwise decent version of "Iko." It's stuck a bit in the muck. "Jack" is medicore as the jams are not elevating themselves. "Row" is akin to wading in a senior's wading pool, the force of the water moving ya about 6 inches an hour. I was waiting for Bobby to cheese up his ramblings, (string every word together without spaces) in "Queen Jane" but it never happened. So it's ok, but the but the filtered sound doesn't allow its beuaty to shine. The same cannot be said of the "Bird" that would be perfect to hear on a lazy afternoon. It's quiet and never impedees on whatever productive activity you're currently engaged in. "Hell" certainly is a unexpected next destination. It's pretty standard but adrenalizes the show enough to satisfy as a set closer.

2nd Set: 105 seconds of indecipherable tuning before a meek "Box." I still insist that the song is just too nice and undramatic to serve as a set opener...it's better as an encore or a late 1st set option. You think they were going to leave Long Beach without an installment of "Victim?" Jerry's straggling weary guitar (3:16) serves as an ominous accompaniment to these portentious lyrics. "Foolish" just has to follow. Brent's adding most of the unique life (late 6's/early 7's) into this otherwise dreary version. Jerry's got no chutzpah behind his voice. Did I hear this same sequence Not just a few days ago as a too mild-mannered "Man Smart" is only memorable for Brent's youthful efforts. "Drums/Space" are the norm...I'm finding the encroaching transportation vehicles kinda eerie (early 4's)...imagine a similiar phenomenon like Stephen King's "Maximum Overdrive." Hmmm..I'm smelling a "Truckin" here. Nope, we're in LA, it's gotta be a "Miracle." "Fantasy/Hey Jude" is somewhat a step up in gears. It feels odd I'm listening to "Black Muddy" in the middle of a set. It lacks the complexity of most major ballads but it's still awfully despondent with a glimmer of pleading hope in the eyes. "Sugar" is an easy 'move your body but ya have to deaden your mind' music, but nothing physically strenuous.

"Quinn" generically sparkles.

2 3/5th stars rounded to three out of kindness.
Reviewer: Smores - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 3, 2006
Subject: Good show
Just what we're looking for recently, a high quality audience tape. Surprised not more people have reviewed this show or given it a listen. There's some unique song selection, with an Iko opener and a Box 2nd set opener. The Foolish Heart is very good. Quinn is always fun.
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